Dish (2 of 2)

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made in Italy

Postcard of Dish (2 of 2).
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Dish (2 of 2)

This maiolica dish was made in 1527 in Italy. It was possibly made at the workshop of Guido Durantino at Urbino and lustred at Gubbio by Maestro Giorgio Andreoli. This photograph shows the underside.

The underside is inscribed: '1527 Mo oG daugubio' [Maestro Giorgio of Gubbio]. The interior of the dish is painted in colours with 'Hercules slaying the Centaur Nessus' from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

The centaur Nessus helped Hercules and his new bride, Deianira, cross the swollen River Evenus. Hercules threw his club and bow across the river before crossing himself. Whilst unarmed, Nessus tried to steal Deianira from him. Hercules soon rescued her. Nessus paid for his folly with his life, shot in the back in revenge by Hercules with a barbed arrow.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-686-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1877.20.101
Date: 1527
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: 1527 Mo oG daugubio
Dimensions: 41 mm H x 258 mm D
What: Dish
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Gubbio
Who: Deianira (Depicted)
Hercules (Depicted)
Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Delineator)
Nessus (Depicted)
Shandon Collection (Previous owner)
Workshop of Guido Durantino, Urbino (Maker)
Where: Italy, Urbino / Gubbio
Description: Maiolica dish painted in colours with Hercules slaying the Centaur Nessus: Italian, perhaps Urbino, workshop of Guido Durantino & lustred in Gubbio by Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, 1527
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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